Suddenly Nothing Mattered

March 15, 2018 / Martin Weber

Saturday night is a busy time for 911.

Frank and Sue were clubbing at the close of a busy week, dancing and drinking. Arriving home at midnight, they started arguing, yelling in each other’s face.

This fight was furious. But suddenly, whatever the problem was, it went away. Right in the middle of their curse-out contest, Frank dropped to the floor. Dead.

The argument was over. Sue won!

The marriage was over too. In one failed heartbeat, Sue went from angry wife to grieving widow.

The Empath

March 13, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Empath.” It is in The New Yorker magazine, so it must be a real word.

“On The Oprah Winfrey Show, she served as an empath,” writes Doreen St. Félix, staff writer for The New Yorker.

A bit of Internet research brought me to some rather strange tales. “Empaths,” one site says, "have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. They can easily be overwhelmed by the needs of others.”

Here are some other empath traits:

Plugged Into Jesus

February 26, 2018 / John Freedman

On a recent Monday morning I awoke, excited about the prospects for the week. Jumping out of bed at an early hour, I had plenty of time to take a long, hot shower and to dress, pray, study, eat breakfast and get to the office. It was going to be a great week!

However, things went downhill quickly. Turning on the shower, I expected our brand-new, high-technology, instant hot water heater to produce all it had promised. Instead, all I got was cold water that got even colder as my patience turned quickly to impatience. Something was definitely wrong.

The Cedar Chest

January 30, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren

Growing old can be ugly. Stressful, even, especially as our parents grow ill and require additional time and resources. It is painful to feel the fabric of life unwind as we try to wrap it more tightly. “Safety,” “dignity” and “protection” shift meanings as muscles defy commands and memories fog.

False Expectations

January 30, 2018 / Seth Pierce

There was an island where a few Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans lived in 1914. It was so remote that news arrived every 60 days. In September, when news finally came, they learned that for more than six weeks now English and French people had been fighting over the sanctity of treaties against Germans.

2018: Comfortable or Courageous?

January 04, 2018 / Martin Weber

Will 2018 be the year you escape your comfort zone to live courageously for Jesus?

Some Northwest Adventists devote themselves daily to pursuing Jesus and helping others find Him. They do this amid life’s demanding responsibilities in the marketplace, in the classroom or at home caring for loved ones young or old.

Meanwhile, others of us are merely aspirational. Someday I’ll do something for Jesus! Then another year goes by with our witness stagnant or sporadic, compartmentalized from daily life.

Our First Work

December 28, 2017 / John Freedman

“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All of that is good until we realize our promises and resolutions are often no more substantial than the proverbial ropes of sand. With our human propensity toward evil, we are in bondage to a power we cannot break on our own. Scripture alone reveals the remedy for our condition. Our only hope is Jesus Christ — crucified, risen and returning soon.

A Tunnel in the Moon

November 30, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

Someone told me NASA has an entire city of American astronauts who have been living deep in a tunnel in the moon since 1973. Funded by the Trilateral Commission and protected from radiation and meteors, their computers are far superior to anything on Earth. They’ve created a special electronic language so they can talk with beings on other planets. Their entire food supply comes from a special green moss that tastes like manna.

I smiled when I heard that. But, like so many other rumors, it contains a smidgen of fact.

Four Unlikely Mothers at Christmas

November 30, 2017 / Martin Weber

The unlikely cast of supporting characters surrounding the birth of Jesus is beyond belief, from this world’s perspective. Sleepless shepherds, pagans on a quest following a star through the desert, a homicidal king threatened by heaven’s baby. At the heart of the Christmas story is a young woman, the virgin mother. Equally unlikely are the four mothers God chose to showcase in the family tree of Jesus.

Our Transcendent Brains

November 30, 2017 / Seth Pierce

Change is a dirty word for a lot of people — until they get stuck. Sometimes when we get stuck along the way in life, the time we spend in that stuck place can make us wonder if anything can get better. Recently I came across something that gave me hope for those times when the structure of my life feels more like a prison than a playground.